Nomination: Aerospace Engineer Aprille Ericsson

downloadWaxman, Laura Hamilton. Aerospace Engineer Aprille Ericsson. 2015. 32p. Lerner Publishing Group, $26.60 (978-1467757935). Gr.3-5.

Aerospace engineer Aprille Ericsson didn’t let being the only girl or African American in many of her math and science experiences stop her from achieving her dream of earning higher degrees or becoming an engineer at NASA. Ericsson uses her achievements to try to inspire other females and students of color to pursue their STEM dreams.
Feminist content:
Ericsson was often the only female and student of color during her math and science educational experiences. She was the first woman to receive a PhD in mechanical engineering at Howard University. Ericsson often felt alone in her experiences because of her gender and race, but she kept going and was inspired by other African-American females such as Sojourner Truth.  Today she works for NASA and uses her achievements to try to inspire and encourage girls, especially those of color, to pursue math and science.

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